Rochester, NY, A Vision for the Future - May 2008
In January 2007, the RRCDC coordinated and facilitated a three-day professional design charrette for Center City Rochester which was held at Midtown Plaza in downtown Rochester. The charrette built on previous work including the 2000 Rochester Downtown Design Charrette, the 2004 Center City Master plan, and work done by the Urban Land Institute in 2005. The purpose was: 1) To generate ideas for the development of strategic sites in 5 geographic focus areas in the downtown, 2) To identify guiding principles as a design approach to revitalization of the built environment in the downtown, 3) To create a Center City Vision Plan to help guide future projects in the downtown, 4) To create an environment for economic rejuvenation and sustainable development in the downtown. Partners and participants included the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation (RDDC); AIA Rochester Chapter; representative from the city and county; 138 local design professionals; resource teams made up of community leaders and stakeholders; and citizens who were invited to share their ideas. During the course of the year following, five design teams and approximately 55 design professionals, worked to refine plans and design schemes for sites in their focus areas. The RRCDC team worked on the overall issues related to items like circulation, connectivity, public realm improvements and green space and assembled this report document, "Rochester, NY, A Vision for the Future." It is intended that the report and drawings produced serve as a basis for and are integrated into a strategic plan to be taken forward.